The Parksville Volunteer Fire Department’s Boots for Food drive raised a total of $75,644 this year for the Salvation Army food bank and the Society of Organized Services (SOS).
“Thank you to the community for your incredible support for Boots for Food 2020 and to Parksville Fire Department members for your volunteer support. More people will need to access the foodbank during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is truly amazing to see our residents come together to help,” said Fire Chief Marc Norris.
Parksville firefighters collected $32,567 and the Parksville Firefighters Association donated $2,475, according to the city. Craig Bay residents donated $40,402 and 2,200 lbs of food items for the cause.
The food drive looked different this year, according to the city. Firefighters did not collect items door-to-door. Instead they were physically distanced and masked at locations around the city collecting donations.
“Each year, residents in the Parksville Fire Protection Area generously support the annual drive and are the true reasons for its success. The Parksville Fire Department appreciates the generosity of our residents who make the world of difference to many families in our community,” said Deb Tardiff, manager of communications for the city.